délayer

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from Vulgar Latin delicāre, present active infinitive of delicō < Latin deliquāre, present active infinitive of deliquō.

Verb[edit]

délayer

  1. (transitive) to add water to
    1. to thin (paint)
    2. to water down (another liquid)
  2. to pad out (e.g. a speech)

Conjugation[edit]

  • This is a regular -er verb as far as pronunciation is concerned, but as with other verbs in -ayer (such as payer and essayer), the <y> of its stem may optionally be written as <i> when it precedes a silent <e>. (Contrast verbs in -eyer, which never have this spelling change, and verbs in -oyer and -uyer, which always have it. Verbs in -ayer belong to both groups, according to the writer's preference.)

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